Carlton win by 23 points
The slow-starting Blues were only a goal up at half time, before kicking away with six majors to two in the third. After Carlton got the first two of the final term, they let Melbourne in for the last three to make the score look more respectable.
Sean Charles, Andrew Obst, Glenn Lovett, Darren Kowal, David Neitz, Jim Stynes, Todd Viney, Adem Yze, Leigh Newton, Paul Hopgood, Robert Pyman, Brett Lovett, Craig Nettelbeck, Matthew Febey, Steven Febey, Shane Woewodin, Alastair Clarkson, Anthony Ingerson, Shaun Smith, Damien Gaspar, Jeff Farmer, Dean Irving, Anthony McDonald, Andrew Leoncelli, Andrew Lamprill, Darren O'Brien.
The Age - 25/02/1997 and 26/02/1997